Mickey Gilley performs “Window Up Above” Live Perfomance.

Reached the number # 1 of the charts and remained 12 weeks in the country lists, and the same day also reached the number # 1 in the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the fourth number one in Mickey's career.

Youtube James Stiltner Channel
Youtube James Stiltner Channel

Window Up Above:

Song written by George Jones, Mickey Gilley recorded for the Playboy label, was recorded in January 1975, in RCA Victor Studio, 30 Music Sq.West, Nashville, TN, Mickey was accompanied in the recording by: Bobby Thompson (acoustic guitar), Dave Kirby (acoustic guitar), Jimmy Colvard (guitar), Russ Hicks (steel), Bobby Dyson (bass), Larry London (drums), BuddySpicher (fiddle) and Lea Jane (Back Vocal). With the production of Eddie Kilroy, it was released in April 1975, on June 7, 1975, reached the number # 1 of the charts and remained 12 weeks in the country lists, and the same day also reached the number # 1 in the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the fourth number one in Mickey’s career.

Lp cover Mickey Gilley ( Playboy 1975 )
Lp cover Mickey Gilley ( Playboy 1975 )

The song was included in Mickey’s fifth studio album, Movin ‘On (Playboy 1975), on the U.S Top Country Albums charts, reached number # 9

The first recording was made by George Jones for the mercury label, it was recorded on April 13, 1960, Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, and produced by Pappy Daily. On February 20, 1961, reached number # 2 on the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs.

George tells in an interview that the song was written in 20 minutes in Vidor, Texas, While he was preparing breakfast, he sat in the studio and took the guitar, and it was as simple as that. The Window Up Above ‘seemed to arise directly from a life-long insecurity and ambivalence, a deeply ingrained fear of what lurked the dream of home, home and happiness. “The song addresses the subject of adultery, but adds a premonitory and voyeuristic touch to the typical” cheatin song of country music, full of jealous rage and a deep and irreconcilable sense of betrayal. The song marked a new era for Jones as vocalist.

Single George Jones ( Mercury 1960 )
Single George Jones ( Mercury 1960 )

Some versions:

Wanda Jackson 1961 (Capitol)
Kitty Wells 1964 (Decca)
George Morgan 1967 (Starday records)
Conway Twitty 1968 (Decca)
Red Sovine 1977 (Starday Records)
Loretta Lynn 1975 (MCA)
Ricky Skaggs 1984 (Epic)

Mickey Gilley – Window Up Above Lyrics

I’ve been living a new way
Of life I love so
I can see the clouds are gath’ring
And the storm will wreck our home
Last night he held you tightly
And you didn’t even shove
This is true for I’ve been watching
From the window up above

You must have thought that I was sleeping
Oh, I wish that I had been
But it’s best I get to know you
And the way your heart can sin
I thought we belonged together
And our hearts fit like a glove
I was wrong for I was watching
From the window up above

From my eyes the teardrops started
As I listened on and on
I heard you whisper to him softly
That our marriage was all wrong
Well, I hope he makes you happy
And you never lose his love
I lost mine while I was watching
From the window up above

I lost mine while I was watching
From the window up above…

Single Mickey Gilley ( Playboy 1975 )
Single Mickey Gilley ( Playboy 1975 )

Miquel Batlle
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